BMW i3 Successor: Steel from ThyssenKrupp instead of Carbon Fiber?

The BMW i3 has yet to have its one year birthday and reports on the next generation are starting to pop-up. With an investment of billions of dollars in the mass-production of i3 and a carbon fiber, the expectations are that future models will contin...

The BMW i3 has yet to have its one year birthday and reports on the next generation are starting to pop-up. With an investment of billions of dollars in the mass-production of i3 and a carbon fiber, the expectations are that future models will continue down the same path of lightweight construction. But according to Herbert Eichelkraut, a manager of the German steel giant ThyssenKrupp, the strong metal might make a return in BMW cars. Eichelkraut says that BMW and ThyssenKrupp negotiate to build, in the next generation i3, “an important component of steel.” He has denied to specifiy which one. It is clear that the carbon fiber materials are here to stay for the i sub-brand and will play a major role in other production cars as well. It is equally certain that some vehicle components have to be made of aluminum and other lightweight materials, mostly for safety crash reasons.

BMW i3 Successor: Steel from ThyssenKrupp instead of Carbon Fiber?

The fact that high-strength steel can be an interesting alternative to aluminum case is no longer a secret. Thanks to new molding techniques, companies like ThyssenKrupp can make very light steel components, which can be “as heavy” as similar aluminum parts but much more stable. One component of the i3 that might benefit from the high-strength steel is Life Drive Module which is now made of aluminum. If BMW keeps the 7 year production cycle, then the next BMW i3 won’t be out before 2020. [Source: WSJ via Bimmertoday] The article BMW i3 Successor: Steel from ThyssenKrupp instead of Carbon Fiber? appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Monterey Motorsports Reunion – Full Gallery

Monterey Car Week is one amazing automotive event after another. Perhaps the highlight of the entire weekend is the Motorsports Reunion at Laguna Seca…. The post Monterey Motorsports Reunion… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my we...

Monterey Car Week is one amazing automotive event after another. Perhaps the highlight of the entire weekend is the Motorsports Reunion at Laguna Seca…. The post Monterey Motorsports Reunion… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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The BMW M2 is Coming. Here’s What We Know.

Eight months ago we told you that the M2 was happening. It was a bold prediction at the time considering that BMW gave no… The post The BMW M2 is Coming. Here’s What We Know. appeared first… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit ...

Eight months ago we told you that the M2 was happening. It was a bold prediction at the time considering that BMW gave no… The post The BMW M2 is Coming. Here’s What We Know. appeared first… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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Will the Next Aston Martin Be Called the DB10?

Reports of trademark filings for DB10 through DB14. ...

Reports of trademark filings for DB10 through DB14.

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SEMA-Bound 2015 Honda Fit Creations to Get Help from Tumblr

Six build teams will compete for fan votes. ...

Six build teams will compete for fan votes.

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BMW F30 3 Series With HRE Performance Wheels

Complete opposite of several recent articles we posted about BMW 3 Series tuning programs, this one doesn’t go overboard and leaves the car with a clean look. It’s a BMW F30 3 Series model sporting a set of HRE Performance Wheels that sui...

Complete opposite of several recent articles we posted about BMW 3 Series tuning programs, this one doesn’t go overboard and leaves the car with a clean look. It’s a BMW F30 3 Series model sporting a set of HRE Performance Wheels that suit this luxury sedan quite well. With many F30 models roaming the streets, a set of custom forged wheels is always a welcome thing to separate you from the others. These HRE P44SC wheels are custom manufactured for this particular vehicle and they are sized 20×9 and 20×10.5 in the front and rear respectively, giving the car a really nice stance. The owner of this vehicle is a world known automotive photographer Dejan Sokolovski, therefore we are able to show you some excellent photography as well. This particular red F30 is by far one of the classiest and sexiest cars we’ve seen in recent months. Curvaceous body lines, aggressive exterior styling all combined with high quality manufacturing, interior design and driving performance make for a great sports saloon selection any day of the week.

BMW F30 3 Series With HRE Performance Wheels

For those that aren’t familiar with HRE Wheels, here’s a snippet of information about the HRE P44SC wheels from their website: “HRE’s Street Collection combines the technical expertise from our championship-winning motorsport wheels with an uncompromised attention to detail creating the ultimate in lightweight, high-strength performance. This race-bred philosophy ensures enhanced braking, acceleration and handling while also reflecting your distinguished sense of style. Each wheel in HRE’s Street Collection is designed specifically for street performance vehicles such as supercars, sports GTs and performance sedans.” Thanks to Wheels Boutique who supplied these HRE Performance Wheels and Dejan Sokolovski for the amazing automotive photography. Grab some high-resolution wallpapers.

BMW F30 3 Series With HRE Performance Wheels

BMW F30 3 Series With HRE Performance Wheels

BMW F30 3 Series With HRE Performance Wheels

BMW F30 3 Series With HRE Performance Wheels

BMW F30 3 Series With HRE Performance Wheels

BMW F30 3 Series With HRE Performance Wheels

BMW F30 3 Series With HRE Performance Wheels

BMW F30 3 Series With HRE Performance Wheels

BMW F30 3 Series With HRE Performance Wheels

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NHTSA Endorses Vehicle-to Vehicle Tech for Future Cars

Government agency will eventually require V2V systems. ...

Government agency will eventually require V2V systems.

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Cadillac Readying Luxury Car, Convertible, and ATS-V

Cadillac is at a crossroads. ...

Cadillac is at a crossroads.

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Vorsteiner BMW X5M In Alpine White Is Completely Gorgeous

In what has become a routine for us, we have another opportunity to show you a new Vorsteiner photoshoot. This time, the California-based tuner are showing their Vorsteiner BMW X5M that we’ve previously published here. It’s another tuning...

In what has become a routine for us, we have another opportunity to show you a new Vorsteiner photoshoot. This time, the California-based tuner are showing their Vorsteiner BMW X5M that we’ve previously published here. It’s another tuning program developed by Vorsteiner that features their well known pre-prag carbon fiber aftermarket aero additions. Painted with the Alpine White color, the contrasting effect of the carbon parts is perfectly accentuating the exterior body lines of the high-performance Sport Activity Vehicle in the best way possible.

Vorsteiner BMW X5M In Alpine White Is Completely Gorgeous

There are several aftermarket body parts installed on this build: front diffuser, rear diffuser, vented race hood and sports exhaust system. As you may already know, Vorsteiner’s Autoclaved Pre-Preg Carbon Fiber structure gives their parts superior stiffness, aerospace strength and durability compared to traditional hand laid carbon fiber composites. It also means the carbon fiber weave is next to perfect, just adding that small advancement for the detail oriented owners as well. Overall these parts are very subtle and not over the top by any means! This certainly is a refreshing showcase of how little can do so much.

Vorsteiner BMW X5M In Alpine White Is Completely Gorgeous

Vorsteiner BMW X5M In Alpine White Is Completely Gorgeous

Vorsteiner BMW X5M In Alpine White Is Completely Gorgeous

With this tuning program, Vorsteiner offers a set of their VSC-101 wheels, size 21 inches on this build. These one-piece forged custom wheels are available in sizes of 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23 inches and can be ordered in several different gorgeous finishes. With the strength and rigidity of a monoblock design for these, owners can rest assured they are riding on some great looking and performing wheels. Feel free to browse the gallery and grab some Vorsteiner BMW X5M wallpapers right here.

Vorsteiner BMW X5M In Alpine White Is Completely Gorgeous

Vorsteiner BMW X5M In Alpine White Is Completely Gorgeous

Vorsteiner BMW X5M In Alpine White Is Completely Gorgeous

Vorsteiner BMW X5M In Alpine White Is Completely Gorgeous

Vorsteiner BMW X5M In Alpine White Is Completely Gorgeous

Vorsteiner BMW X5M In Alpine White Is Completely Gorgeous

Vorsteiner BMW X5M In Alpine White Is Completely Gorgeous

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BMW M6 Gran Coupe with HRE Wheels

Here is a new photoshoot of the BMW M6 Gran Coupe with aftermarket wheels. This time, the folks over at HRE Wheels are giving the M6 Gran Coupe their forged monoblock P101 wheels in Satin Black. HRE’s Series P1 combines the technical expertise from...

Here is a new photoshoot of the BMW M6 Gran Coupe with aftermarket wheels. This time, the folks over at HRE Wheels are giving the M6 Gran Coupe their forged monoblock P101 wheels in Satin Black. HRE’s Series P1 combines the technical expertise from our championship-winning racing wheels with an uncompromised attention to detail creating the ultimate in lightweight, high-strength performance forged wheels. Each model in HRE’s Series P1 is designed specifically for supercars, sports GTs, performance sedans and now available for SUVs. The wheels are available in sizes 19”, 20”, 21″ and 22″.

BMW M6 Gran Coupe with HRE Wheels

BMW M6 Gran Coupe went on sale last year and it is not only one of the best looking BMWs in the current lineup, but also one of the fastest. It features a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 with 552bhp and 680Nm of torque. It sprints from 0-60 in just 4.2 seconds before hitting a limited top speed of 155mph.

BMW M6 Gran Coupe with HRE Wheels

BMW M6 Gran Coupe with HRE Wheels

BMW M6 Gran Coupe with HRE Wheels

BMW M6 Gran Coupe with HRE Wheels

BMW M6 Gran Coupe with HRE Wheels

BMW M6 Gran Coupe with HRE Wheels

BMW M6 Gran Coupe with HRE Wheels

BMW M6 Gran Coupe with HRE Wheels

BMW M6 Gran Coupe with HRE Wheels

BMW M6 Gran Coupe with HRE Wheels

BMW M6 Gran Coupe with HRE Wheels

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